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Suicide prevention innovation award – Smartphone photography sessions 2020/2021
from a leaflet from MITBER, Make it Better CIC.
As part of the above initiative we are running 4 projects in St Austell, Falmouth, Redruth and St Ives, each project will be built on to a smartphone group already developed in that area, allowing
participants to join in with our enthusiastic creative communities. However it is possible that locations might change if demand in certain areas is demonstrated to us.
We are offering 4 (small group) workshops that explore smartphone photography, the use of exposure, editing, composition, sharing and sending photos as well as the law, rights and responsibilities of photographers. Each week we will offer practical activities, demonstrations and presentations. Participants will take away reflective creative challenges and email me their photographic responses. These creative challenges enable people to develop their own visual topography whilst exploring the positive aspects of their lives. We will offer the opportunity to show and tell their photographs each week at sessions.
After this initial 4-week period, we will join in together with our established groups for 4 more sessions. These groups have already participated in our 8-week smartphone projects and meet up independently each month to go for a walk and capture their local landscape.
We run a monthly smartphone photography challenge at mitber.com, that anyone can engage with, for example the August theme was ‘misplaced’. The winner is chosen by a people’s vote, they then get to choose next month’s theme. At the end of the project we will have a high-profile show of participant’s prints at an accessible location. Because taking part in professional exhibitions and sharing work in the community raises self-esteem and confidence.
Whilst the project is based around smartphone technology, the benefits will be greater than becoming better at taking photographs. The project will help individuals become more independent, increasing their knowledge of digital technology, allowing them to feel more able to develop and share ideas whilst giving each other support. Underpinning this is our core aim of running creative activities, which help people live happy and healthy lives. As such we will reflect on our health and happiness by using the 5 ways of wellbeing framework at specific points during the project.
The participants in this project will benefit from tuition by a skilled and experienced professional photographer; as the founder of Make it Better (mitber) CIC , I studied Fine Art in Birmingham, followed by a Photography MA at Falmouth. As a trained educator I have taught photography and art at all levels and abilities.. Participants will need a smartphone or device to take part.
Any question feel free to get in touch, I love doing these projects; they are a lot of fun.
You can find out more via this Youtube video.